This year was Dudley House's last year as an undergraduate house, and next year will be its first as a center for graduate students.
The changes, approved by the Committee on House Life and announced in late November, were hammered out as the year progressed, and some final details still await confirmation. Still, the basics of the arrangement are clear.
Come September, Dudley will become a graduate house with facilities open to undergraduates, a reversal of its current role as an undergraduate house with facilities open to graduates.
The 2700 long-neglected students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will have some goodies to look forward to next year. House Master Paul D. Hanson--who will also oversee the revamped Dudley--says he hopes to attract the "vast majority" of those students as members.
Next year's Dudley House will offer a mix of old and new activities. Popular athletic programs and the chorus and orchestra will remain, as will faculty-student luncheons, Hanson says.
In addition, a combination computer room, reading space and cafe open will be open for extended hours beginning in the fall, Hanson says. Also making its debut in September will be a dining hall with a completely renovated serving area and a "revolutionary" menu, Hanson says.
While the fall will bring new perks for graduate students, it will also bring a drastic reduction in the number of undergraduates affiliated with the house.
United States, but very few women are engaged in these activities here," Wilson says.
Finding the Money
To facilitate the upcoming campaign, Radcliffe has hired six new development officers with substantial experience in attracting major contributions. Still, officials acknowledge that finding the money will not be easy, especially since many of the people they will target--those who have graduated since 1976--will also be solicited by Harvard.
"We have the strategic plan, we have the enthusiasm, we have the staff," says Director of Development Deborah B. Abrams. "Still, it's like asking Radcliffe to do in the next seven years what it's taken the past 100 years to do so far.